Mental Health Awareness Week Celebrated By DMU

By Lucy Billington-Groom

De Montfort University celebrated Mental Health Awareness week by hosting a special event at the Campus Centre on Wednesday (March 8).

The event included activities, lectures and demonstrations, all in aid of promoting active mental health.

Freebies were given away and chances to win a range of prizes.

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Andy Brown, the Mental Health Inclusion Manager at Student & Academic Services at DMU, said: “It gave students and staff an opportunity to have a look at what’s going on mental health wise.

“It’s not just about specialist support, lots of people are doing all sorts of really good things regarding mental health on a day to day basis.

“There’s a lot of stigma around mental health but depending on what’s going on in the media I think some conditions are more acceptable.”

The NHS reported that mental health problems among students are as common as they are amongst the general population.

If a student has concerns about their mental health there are a range of paths to go down.

“On My Gateway, students can book a SPA appointment which is an initial appointment and each student will be given advice and support,” Mr Brown explained.

“Students can also talk to the Students’ Union welfare team as well as any student support services in Gateway House.

“We want to have more of a social media presence and to put advice out there, this is something we are working on at the minute.

“The generation that are starting university now are more knowledgeable about mental health than ever.”

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